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INEC decries violence at Anambra LGA

17 September 2015, 16:03

Anambra - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has called for regular voters’ education programmes in the Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State owing to foul means some politicians allegedly adopt to win elections.

INEC State Resident Electoral Commissioner in Anambra, Edwin Nwatarali, described the area as the “most challenging” to stage a poll.

“Once is election time, you will see the moneybags and their thugs brandishing all kinds of weapons to eliminate their political opponents.
It is terrible!” said Nwatarali.

“At every election, they will come to us pleading for help. When you ask what kind of help they needed from you, they will quickly ask you to name your price vowing to pay in cash, checks or appointment just for you to rig the election to their favour,” he added.

Also read: INEC, NEMA issue warning on post-poll violence

He said thus, people in Ihiala people need constant voters’ education from kindred to associations/institutions, wards to Local Government level because activities of political gladiators and interest at the council area were alarming.

They hardly play the game according to the rule. To most of them election is either a do or dies affairs.”

Nwatarali spoke as he received a delegation from the Ihiala Grassroot Progressive Initiative, a non-governmental organisation that has sought partnership with INEC in resolving whatever challenges facing the commission at every poll in the council.

- CAJ News


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